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Posted 12/13/2004 4:38 PM (#5643)
Subject: Ranger LifeCycle Sidecar


Does anyone have any experience or info concerning these sidecars? They're apparently manufactured in South Africa by a British company.
http://www.rangerlifecycle.co.uk/products/products_index.htm

I've already got a Jialing JH125 (Chinese-made copy of Honda XL125/XLR125) which these sidecars are designed to fit as bolt-on accesories, no welding required. Sounds ideal -- and believe me it's hard to find anything for 125-sized bikes!

I'd like to use a utility model to haul cut firewood home to my house in the mountains, so there's no highway use intended for it. Anybody have any info to share on these sidecars -- or ideas about other similar-sized alternatives anybody else produces? Thanks all.
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Bandit Bill
Posted 12/13/2004 11:57 PM (#5651 - in reply to #5643)
Subject: RE: Ranger LifeCycle Sidecar



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I've never seen one of these over on this side of the Pond.. but not surprising since their primary market is aimed towards rural, undeveloped infrastructure third-world nations, who either cannot afford anything more than a lightweight motorcycle, or in the case of government use, cannot make use of a vehicle any heavier due to a road system not any more sophisticated than a two track goat-trail.

Looking at the design though, I can't help but think that you could probably make one yourself, for perhaps a few hundred dollars, utilizing a motorcycle scrap yard, a reasonable supply of raw metal stock (ie. a metal supermarket), access to a welder, or to a machine shop at reasonable cost, and some creativity.. the motorcycle is lightweight, the sidecar design would also be lightweight, perhaps employing 3 connections to the motorcycle total. You could use velorex type collar and clamp type connections to the sidecar, available at http://www.dauntlessmotors.com .. or if willing to wait a bit and gather up parts over a period of time, keep an eye on Ebay for parts to come up at a lower cost.

The end result may not be as commercially 'pretty' at what the lifestyle rig is, but you are looking for utility, not pretty.

Just a thought to ponder..



Edited by Bandit Bill 12/14/2004 12:18 AM
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Posted 12/14/2004 9:49 PM (#5657 - in reply to #5643)
Subject: RE: Ranger LifeCycle Sidecar


Thanks -- I may have to go that route if I can't find a ready-made one to buy. I wish some enterprising company (Jialing's US distributer in Miami: wouldn't that be a surprise) would import a container-load of the sidecars and retail them out to anyone with a 125-size bike who wants to buy one. It's a shame if there's not enough of a market in all North America for one container-load of small, lightweight sidecars.
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